Wellness testing should be a major part of everyone’s wellness plan.  Unfortunately, going to your family doctor will not be of much help in this regard.  As many of you know I have very little respect, and no admiration, for the medical community at large.  Why?  Here’s just a couple of reasons:

A 2000 Institute of Medicine report estimated that medical errors result in between 44,000 and 98,000 preventable deaths and 1,000,000 excess injuries each year in U.S. hospitals.[9][10][11] In the UK, a 2000 study found that an estimated 850,000 medical errors occur each year, costing over £2 billion

I would also highly recommend that you read this brief summary research paper titled ‘Death by Medicine’, which is well researched and the studies peer reviewed: http://www.webdc.com/pdfs/deathbymedicine.pdf

The conclusions are that the medical community at large is not just unhelpful, but a strong case could be made that they are doing much more harm than good.  One finding was that 106,000 people die each year in the United States because of toxic reactions to PROPERLY PRESCRIBED medications!  This study has been confirmed by further studies in subsequent years; studies commissioned because the shocking results seemed hard to fathom.

With that out of the way, where does one go for quality healthcare to prevent disease, and after the onset of illness?

My opinion is that one should find a good integrative wellness clinic.  There are a number of them in most developed countries and they have success rates that should embarrass the traditional medical community.  Of course, it won’t embarrass the medical community because success or failure has rarely if ever been a measuring stick they use.  Money and power and control, however…

Lynette and I chose the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM).  We made an appointment to see Dr.Taufiq Binjemain in The NIIM office located on the Gold Coast of Queensland the first week of our holidays six weeks ago, and Lynette and I spent three hours with him, an hour and a half each.  Compare that with your average doctors visit, and let that sink in.

In case you have the opinion that naturopathic medicine as utilized by an integrative practitioner is somehow less able to help you with your wellness goals than your family doctor, here are Dr. Binjemains credentials:




Taufiq graduated from the University of Leeds, UK, in 2000.   He then completed his basic surgical training and obtained his Membership from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2005. Following that, he trained in Family Medicine and obtained his Membership from the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2011, the Canadian Family Physician Board Certification (CCFP) in 2012 and a Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 2012. In the last 16 years as a doctor, he has had training in various specialties in Surgery and Orthopaedics, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Anaesthetics, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, Skin Cancer Medicine and Surgery, Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine (including PRP and Stem Cells), Nutritional and Environmental Medicine and supportive Cancer treatments.

He believes in personalised medicine, looking at the uniqueness of each person and working out the root causes of any chronic illness, which may include genetics, psychological, toxicities, lifestyle, nutritional, metabolic etc. He then works with the patient to address and treat each underlying cause in order to obtain a sustainable and long-term impact. He integrates the best of orthodox medicine with complementary modalities and patient empowerment through education, in order to achieve this goal

At the end of our time with the Doctor, we were each given Pathology requisition forms (bloodwork and saliva) to take with us to a pathology clinic, along with several testing procedures done while we were there at the clinic.  We then booked in to see him again 5 weeks later in order to await the results of the tests and to establish a plan of action for the coming year.

Yesterday was our appointment, and we saw Dr. Binjemain again at the NIIM clinic and spent another two hours with him.  We couldn’t be happier with the thoroughness of the testing and the issues the tests picked up.  Now we have a plan for the coming year, and we’ll book in again next year to see where we stand.

The cost of this type of testing and treatment varies from country to country, and from clinic to clinic.  In Australia, they have a hybrid of public and private health care.  It seems to work very well and although health care isn’t ‘free’ like in Canada, it seems to work very well while keeping costs low.  Most general practitioner visits are between $0-$30 dollars, and our testing and action plan for the two visits was approximately $500 dollars each, and the pathology was free.  Five hundred dollars might seem like a lot, but not when you consider that was spending over three hours each with the doctor, all the testing, and an action plan for the year.

Couldn’t be happier.